Lee Kang-in (Mallorca) has exploded since the Qatar 2022 World Cup. It was an awl that was rarely dug out, but it came out of the woodwork and has transformed his game.
European statistical site Sofa Score took note of Lee’s dribbling abilities on Saturday (July 26).
Sofa Score ranked the five players with the most successful dribbles in all five European leagues this season. Lee was one of them.
In particular, the month-by-month graph shows that Lee’s skills have skyrocketed since the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Lee was not expected to be a major player at the last World Cup. Prior to the tournament, former coach Paulo Bento didn’t use him much.
However, after showing flashes of 먹튀검증 promise in the first group stage game, he was picked by Bento for the second. He delivered sharp crosses and assists through pressure and physicality, which had been criticized as weaknesses during his time under Bento. As a more confident player, his game was completely transformed.
Even more impressive is his dribbling success rate. As of the last 23 days, Lee’s dribbling success rate this season is a whopping 67%. This is a far cry from Jeremy Dockoo’s 60%.
With such a high level of individual performance, it’s no surprise that big European clubs are interested in Lee. After being strongly linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, Lee has now been linked with Manchester United.
Lee started and delivered an assist in Mallorca’s 1-0 victory at home in the 36th round of the 2022-2023 Spanish La Liga at Estadio Mallorca Sonmosi in Mallorca, Spain, on Sept. 26.
The win puts Mallorca in 11th place out of 20 teams in La Liga with 13 wins, 8 draws, 15 losses and 47 points.
The win sees Mallorca open up a point gap on 18th-placed Real Valladolid (38 points), who are in the relegation zone, and secure their place in the top flight regardless of the outcome of their remaining two games.
Lee, who started in midfield, played until the 38th minute when he was substituted for Josep Gaya and assisted the winning goal.
He set up Bedat Murki’s header for the game-winner with a sharp left-footed cross in the 19th minute.
Lee played uncharacteristically at wingback in the first half. But he gave it his all. Especially on the left flank, Lee created scoring opportunities for his teammates with sharp crosses and cutback passes. However, as usual, his teammates were unable to capitalize on his passes.
In the second half, Lee moved to the center of the field and did a great job as a playmaker, eventually setting up the winning goal in the 19th minute. From the left flank of the penalty box, he sent a ruler-like cross to Bedat Murki, who was waiting on the other side. It was a perfect pass that Murki only needed to put his head on it to score. Mourinho also gave all the credit to Lee for the perfect pass.
With his fifth league assist of the season against his hometown team, Valencia, Lee improved his stats to six goals and five assists this season.
After the game, La Liga named Lee the official player of the match.
Lee has already been recognized for his dribbling ability. On March 23, Datafoot released a ranking of the 10 best dribbling players in European leagues, based on records from soccer statistics company OPTA.
Lee ranked sixth among all European players. Lee’s total number of successful triples was 82. His success rate was 2.8 triples per game, a success rate of 67%.
He had the highest success rate among the top 10 players, so it’s safe to say he’s the best player in Europe based on success rate alone.
In terms of total number of dribbles, Vinicius Junior (107, Real Madrid) and Lionel Messi (99, PSG) form an unbreakable top tier.
They are followed by Jude Bellingham (86, Borussia Dortmund), Jeremy Dokou (85, Stade Rennes), Jeremy Frimpong (85, Bayer Leverkusen), Lee Kang-in, Samuel Chukwueze (80, Villarreal), Jamal Musial (76, Bayern Munich), Xherdan Shaqiri (75, Olympique Lyonnais), and Nico Williams (75, Athletic Bilbao).
Eldesmarque said after the game: “The Valencia man, Lee Kang-in, did enough to sink a lazy Valencia side. His fantastic assist led to Mourinho’s goal. Lee started the game as a wing-back, but Aguirre adjusted his position. Aguirre’s decision changed the game, and after that, Valencia’s future looked bleak.